Timing Belt Problems
A timing belt can last for about 7 to 10 years, but that’s only in optimal conditions. There are a number of factors that can cause a belt to fray, become misaligned, become loose or snap. Since it’s so difficult to tell if a timing belt is becoming worn out, most manufacturers recommend replacing it every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. If your car is reaching the 60K mark, or if it’s exceeded it, call Team Automotive today and make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable and friendly team members.
Serpentine Belt Problems
Most cars only have one serpentine belt, so if it snaps, everything it provides power to will stop working — including your battery. The loss of cooled air also means your engine could overheat, which can lead to an expensive fix. Thankfully, serpentine belts often exhibit signs they’re wearing down. Common signs to look for include:
- Squealing , knocking and slapping sounds
- Visible fraying, cracking, splitting or glazing
- No cool air from air conditioner
- Dead or dying car battery
- Overheating engine
- Loss of power steering
If your vehicle is exhibiting any unusual signs, call Team Automotive immediately to schedule an inspection.
Engine Hose Problems
Proper hose inspections are important, since the tubes are subjected to intense temperatures, dirt, oils and sludge — all of which contribute to the breakdown of a hose. You can inspect hoses yourself for the following issues:
- Cracks, nicks or bulges
- Hardened glassy surfaces
- Soft “mushy” sections
- Leaky hose
If you notice any of these warning signs, or aren’t sure if you’re checking your hoses properly, call Team Automotive and we’ll check them out for you.